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red dot vs low power scope?

Discussion in 'Sights, Optics and Lasers' started by Calhoun123, Aug 3, 2011.

  1. Calhoun123


    Sep 20, 2005
    I know very little about scopes and red dots, but I would like to have one or the other on my Ruger 10/22. Most of my shooting will be at about 50 yards and even if I put the scope on a higher caliber weapon, I will be unlikely to shoot over 100 yards.

    I have two goals. One is to make it easier for my kids to shoot a rifle with some success. I know they need to learn irons, but keeping their interest through success is even more important. The other goal is to aid my aging eyes that are starting to find irons more difficult to use.

    I am thinking I either need a cheap red dot such as you might find with Primary Arms’ offerings or a 1x4 vs 2x7 scope. I know I want to be able to shoot with both eyes open and track moving targets.

    Do you think I need a red dot; 1x4; or 2x7 ?
  2. JMO, but a scope at 50m might just make shooting too easy. I've got a Primary Arms micro red dot on my AR and 1" targets at 50m is very do-able and fun. Its a good quality piece too that holds zero. Also, a non-magnifying red dot makes tracking moving targets and shooting with both eyes open a breeze.
    Last edited: Aug 4, 2011

  3. alexanderg23


    May 13, 2009
    NW AR
    I like a low-power scope on my 10/22s. I can drill squirrils in the head all day long, and still make steel ding at 200 yards.
    Last edited: Aug 4, 2011
  4. Cheytac


    Mar 22, 2010
    Tampa Bay, FL
    Get a low power adjustable scope... I have a 1-6x on my Savage .22.... :wavey:
  5. LSUAdman

    LSUAdman Pew Pew

    Aug 3, 2010
    For price, you cant go wrong with the PA mini dot. If you are under 50 yards, I think a scope with higher mag might be a little much. Now if you wanted to push it to 100 yards, or ever think you would want to push it to 100 yards, there are great, cheap scopes in the 1-4x range. I want to get a 10/22 and take her out. Threads like this are troublem for me!
  6. gator378

    gator378 Gator378

    Jan 22, 2001
    St. Peters, Mo, USA
    I use a 3.5 x10 on my 308 FAL, both eyes open on 3.5. I train that when I shoulder the rifle the cross hairs are on target. Point Shooting but with cross hairs. On the lever action 1894 Marlin have a 1 - 4 scope. The Red Dot is on the Glock 20. I am used to scopes, but red dots are smaller. Scopes and Red Dots are superior to open sights once the eyesight gets older